The Importance of Pentecost

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The Importance of Pentecost

Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to believers. For Jews in the first century, the holiday occurred during the Feast of Sukkot or booths, when God gave the law in the wilderness and lit their path through a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. […]

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Week of Awareness

Week of Awareness

Throughout the week, the Tallahassee Democrat and WCTV eyewitness news will be featuring stories on the “Week of Awareness.” Underage drinking and substance abuse are not necessarily anything new to Leon County or more prevalent than any other part of the country. The lack of parental and household involvement is very troubling. Only 24% of […]

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7 Ways to Use Your Loneliness

Despite all of our connections and communication devices, AARP reports that 1/3 of adults are chronically lonely. Ever since the garden of Eden, God said that it wasn’t good for man to be alone; but we face friendships, families, and lives torn apart by sin. In order to be together, we need to learn to […]

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2020 Vision – Part 4

Jesus said, “By their fruit, you will recognize them.” We need a way to be faithful to the vision that focuses on the fruit we produce over the next five years. How will we know if we’re fulfilling our call? It’s a difficult challenge for sure. In Jesus’s parable of the sower, a farmer sowed […]

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2020 Vision – Part 3

In my previous posts, I discussed the biblical basis for our vision process. In Acts 18, God connected evangelists, apostles, and teachers together to change the city of Corinth. The reason God’s spirit moved so effectively in Corinth is because there were tremendous needs that only God could meet. If it was going to be […]

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Where We’re Going

On Wednesday, April 29, I shared the first report of the church Strategic Planning Committee (SPC). Since November, we have been engaged in a process of discerning God’s vision for our church for the next 3-5 years. We are a vibrant, active downtown church with well over 200 ministries, groups, programs, and committees. We certainly […]

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2020 Vision – Part 2

If you had 5 years to make a measurable, discernible impact on a city for Christ, what would you do? Where would you begin? How would you know if you were accomplishing what God sent you there to do? In Acts 18, a group of Christians had 18 months–not 5 years. Priscilla, Aquila, and Paul arrived […]

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2020 Vision – Part 1

In 1972, Yogi Berra and his wife, Carmen, were on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. As the hours rolled on and the sites stayed unfamiliar, Yogi tried to put Carmen’s mind to rest by saying, “We’re lost; but we’re making good time.” Efficiency is a poor substitute for being […]

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Week of Awareness

Resurrection love compels us to move out into the darkness, renew the bonds of friendship, and examine our shadow side. We don’t have to look very far to find examples of strife. Since Cain and Abel, we’ve torn apart families and friendships with our sin. Some issues, however, seem to be so preventable with just […]

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A Prayer for Friends

On Sunday, we discussed the importance of resurrection friends who love Jesus. Australian poet Michael Leunig offers a prayer for friends for the week: “We give thanks for our friends Our dear friends. We anger each other We fail each other We share this sad earth, this tender life, This precious time. Such richness. Such […]

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